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Why El Al Is Unafraid to Fly Into Israel

Even as U.S. and European airlines canceled flights out of concern for missile attacks, the country's own El Al airlines kept going strong. Now we know why: Since an attack in the early aughts, El Al planes have been equipped with sophisticated missile defense systems that include early warning systems and distracting flares. The precautionary measures are finally paying off, and the airline has announced it's adding extra flights "to accommodate stranded passengers," like Michael Bloomberg. Take that, FAA.

Suspected Nazi Living in Philadelphia Dies Right Before Extradition

A judge ruled today that 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard Johann Breyer, a resident of the U.S. since 1952, could be sent back to Germany to face charges that he aided in the killing of 216,000 people, but it was too late. The accused Nazi, who has said his service was involuntary, died last night in a Philadelphia hospital after a month in jail, the AP reports. "No statute of limitations offers a safe haven for murder," wrote U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice, but death is its own kind of safe haven. "This hurts," said the head Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. "This hurts the families of the victims. This hurts anyone who is interested in justice."

The Weaknesses of Online Dating

Matthew Kassel's New York Observer piece about his frustrations with online dating is sad, endearing, and very good. In short, he argues that OKCupid, Tinder, and their ilk encourage an endless series of first dates that don't really go anywhere. His complaint has merit that extends beyond his own experiences: Researchers generally think that online matchmaking algorithms do a poor job of determining who will be a compatible long-term pair.


Senate Democrat John Walsh Plagiarized a Huge Chunk of His Master’s Thesis

Iraq veteran and rookie Montana Senator John Walsh (not the America's Most Wanted guy) was appointed in Max Baucus's spot earlier this year with the hope that he could hold on to the seat for Democrats in November using his military bona fides. But it turns out they are not as strong as previously thought: The New York Times' Jonathan Martin reports that much of Walsh's final paper for his master's degree from the United States Army War College was lifted wholesale from other sources, including each and every one of his conclusions.


United Nations: ‘Strong Possibility’ of War Crimes by Both Israel and Hamas

A special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva began today with Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, calling for an investigation of possible war crimes by both Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. After a vote by the 47-member council, she got her wish. Twenty-nine nations voted to launch an investigation, 17 abstained, and one, the United States, voted against the measure.


Posh Manhattan Preschool Shaken Up by Messy Sex Abuse Allegations

A 22-year-old Danish teaching student arrested last month on the suspicion of sexually abusing 13 children is at the center of a ugly dispute that's turned Midtown's International Preschools into a battleground between parents, administrators, police, and prosecutors.

The saga began in February when Malthe Thomsen started an internship at the school's 45th Street branch. He was well-liked and highly regarded, the New York Times reports, until Mariangela Kefalas, an assistant teacher, reported to superiors that Thomsen was displaying "peculiar behavior," including "inappropriate touching of children." 


Pro-Russia Rebels Finally Admit They Had a Buk Missile

Rebel leader Alexander Khodakovsky told Reuters that his men did, in fact, get a Buk missile system like the one that shot down MH17 via Luhansk, another breakaway territory near Donetsk. "The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence that the volunteers have this technology, through the fault of Russia. It not only did nothing to protect security, but provoked the use of this type of weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians," Khodakovsky said. But, you know, Russia's involvement: still indirect.

Dogs Can Get Jealous, Suggests Adorable Study

Jealousy seems like a pretty human emotion, requiring as it does both some relatively complex cognitive hardware and tangled relationships we don't usually associate with most other species. But a new study in PLOS One suggests that dogs, too, show some signs of jealousy when they feel their relationship with their owner is threatened by another dog — or a stuffed dog that looks and sounds like one.


Anna Wintour Tightens Her Grip on Condé Nast

When all of the veteran executives at Si Newhouse's megapublisher eventually end their runs, there's a safe bet to be made about who will still be standing. Anna Wintour, the already legendary Vogue editor and, as of last year, the company's creative director across all titles, is expanding her reach again: Thomas Wallace, the former Traveler editor and Condé's editorial director since 2005, is out, and Wintour, while not officially taking the title today, is very much in.

In what CEO Chuck Townsend referred to in a memo obtained by Capital New York as "strategic leadership changes we are making as part of a succession plan we started early this year," Wintour "will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry. [President Bob Sauerberg] and I will rely on her for her insights and guidance as we build the team that will lead us into the future."


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